Joyce Jasek Smith, 61, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her college sweetheart and husband of 39 years, Christopher, M.D.; children, Christopher Jr. (Marlena), Rebecca (Boo) Jones, Amanda (Joey) Burross and Michael; sister, Debbie (Bob) Milligan of Cleveland; and numerous extended family and dear friends. Born Feb. 15, 1950, to Georgia Jasek Onnen and James Charles Jasek in Cleveland, Ohio. Joyce went on to attend Miami University of Ohio and moved to Pueblo in 1978. She served as Financial Director of the Pueblo Ballet in the 1990s, coached many award-winning Odyssey of the Mind teams, and was office manager for Family Medical Center. Most of all, she loved that she was able to be a stay-at-home mom during the early years of her kids' lives. She was an avid reader, amazing cook, loved entertaining, and could beat anyone at crossword puzzle or trivia. Family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Celebration of life, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005 or any charity that benefits children or animals. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. ‘m so deeply sorry for you family’s loss. I had no idea until yesterday but hope that my condolences will still reach you. You are in my prayers.

  2. Dr. Smith and family. I am sorry I missed the notice of the loss of your wife and Mother as I would have sent my message much sooner but for some reason I missed it until my girlfriend mentioned it to me. I am so sorry about your loss as I know how devestating it is. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and I am really sorry to hear about it.

  3. I lost contact with my Lil Sis, Joyce, years ago. We drifted apart, headed in different directions. We happily found one another again a few years back and vowed to stay in touch. After awhile, my emails were not returned. I couldn’t understand why…I was very sad to lose her again. Every so often I would search for her – google, classmates, Facebook – to little avail. I figured she didn’t want to be found by me… I was at first excited to see her name in this morning’s google search – but immediately devastated to see the word “obituary” next to it. There are no words to express the heaviness in my heart right now. I am completely shocked and saddened. Memories of my Lil Sis, my roommate, my friend…I shall send a Red Balloon up toward Heaven for Joyce. With all my love, Your Big Sis, Annie

  4. Couldn’t think of the right thing to say about the passing of Joyce, I will always remember how nice she was to me when I babysat the kids way back in high school and just not to long ago the conversation we had on the phone. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all, she was a special person.

  5. As I visited many doctor’s offices looking for potential extern sites or even employment for our medical assistant students, I fondly remember visiting with Joyce on a few different occasions. She wore a smile on her face and exhibited the warmth in her heart; always so welcoming and encouraging. God Bless the Smith Family–may you remember the joyous times and the beautiful memories as a result of Joyce being a part of your life.

  6. How many words does one need to describe Joyce, her life & family? Many more than I have in me. Joyce, you’ll be missed by so many people you have touched, Godspeed. Chris, together you and Joyce have created a wonderful family, you should be very proud. Chris, Chris Jr. Rebecca, Amanda and Michael, please accept my condolences on your wife and mother’s passing, she was definitely an original. Please find comfort in remembering the good times.

    Frank

  7. Chris and Marlena, Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and all. May God bless and comfort you. Love and Hugs

  8. Dr. Smith and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We send our Deepest sympathies and condolences to the Smith family…cherish your memories..

  9. Doc Chris and family. May you always remember the smiles she offered and the beautiful way she treated everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was quite a woman, wife and mother. I will always remember her.

  10. Our hearts go out to the Smith family, in particular Chris. We never had the pleasure of meeting Chris’s Mom Joyce, but know that she will be missed.

  11. Dr. Smith,
    I want to express my sympathy for your loss. I will always remember Joyce’s sweet smile and the way she made me laugh. She will be dearly missed. Please know you and the family are in our prayers.

  12. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Smith family.

    Joyce had a sense of humor I could relate to and always had the ability to make me laugh, whether it was intended or not.

    I will never forget her tenacity, to me it was her finest quality.

    May she rest in peace.

  13. We are very sorry to hear about Joyce. We loved talking to her in the office. Our prayers are with you Doctor Smith & family.

    Tom & Ruth

  14. Dear Smiths; Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We had planned to attend Joyce’s Memorial today, however illness is preventing us from doing so. Know that we are with you in our hearts and minds. The last time I saw Joyce was at the Zoning hearing, and I will never forget how beautiful she looked that night. I will always remember her that way. I remember seeing her regularly at Christ the King church, and know she is safely in God’s arms. May God bless you all and we are here for you if you need anything. Your neighbors and friends, Sheila and Michael Conlee

  15. Dear Dr. Smith and family,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Joyce. Pleas except our deepest sympathy. We liked her very much and pray God will comfort you and your family and be very near at this time and the days to come.

    Sincerely,
    Jim and Kathy Ridley

  16. Dear Cousin Chris, I am saddened to hear about the passing of Joyce. She was a joyful spirit and full of happiness and laughter. I remember so many good times with family members gathering at “2400”. She was the first relative that called me when she heard about my Mom passing away and said such kind words about her. That meant so much. Joyce was blessed with so many special gifts as a wife, mother and an overall great person. My prayers are with you and the kids at this difficult time. Remember all of the wonderful memories and beautiful family you two built together. Her loving spirit will be with you and your family forever. My family’s prayers are with all of you. Love & Peace,
    RuthAnn M. Montaine, Jerry O’Brien, Jeremy Patrick, Jake Montaine O’Brien &
    Skyler Jean Montaine-O’Brien.

  17. Joyce was a wonderful woman…she will be missed dearly. I will always treasure the memories of the many years our families celebrated the holidays together. They were such happy times. I wish I could be there in person, but the family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Where do I begin. Joyce was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. I will treasure the memories I have of working with her and laughing with her during good and bad times. Her love and kindness will stay with both myself and my family forever. She was always there when you needed her to be there no matter what time of day or night. She loved her family more than life and I will miss her dearly. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Jan

  19. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you Dr. Smith and family. May God bless. Lena and Bobby Lee

  20. Dear Smith Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We send our deepest condolences and sympathies and keep your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We send our deepest gratitude and thanks to Joyce who gave us such a wonderful and caring friend, Rebecca (Smith) Jones. We send our love and support.

  21. Joyce always talked about her four wonderful children and her husband she adored. Our late nights talking at Miami University were so much fun. We laughed a lot and always felt very close. We shared the same values about our families and had many other things in common as we got older. I always loved getting my funny birthday cards from her. We’re both Aquarians(11th and 15th)and we always enjoyed a phone call from each other. I loved to hear her laugh! Joyce has always been a true friend. In our conversation last week, we said we would meet again someday. And we will. Take care of each other. Love, Kandy

  22. To my dear cousin Joyce – such a wonderful, fun, loving, gracious person. I still remember hearing “the Carpenters” music at the holidays growing up. I remember your marriage to Chris (I was only 10), baby sitting Chris Jr. on a trip with my mom and dad to Ouray. You and Chris opened your home to Bernie and I when we drove through in 2000 from Las Vegas and then when we moved to Colorado permanently in 2003. I will miss the ski trips, concerts, dinners out and especially the holidays with your family and all the dogs/cats too. You’re a wonderful Mom and wife. Thanks for your love and friendship – you aren’t just a cousin but more like a sister! You have taken a piece of my heart with you and I will never forget you! I love and miss you –

  23. We enjoyed talking to Joyce when we came into the office. We loved her humor. We extend our heart felt condolences to all of her family.

  24. We are in Arizona, but our hearts are with you in Colorado on the loss of your wife and mother and our friend Joyce. We shared a lot of memories and laughs over the years watching our children grow and will miss her smile and laughter. We are so sorry for your loss. With love, Suzi and Mickey

  25. I will remember Joyce for her humor, honesty and unconditional love. Joyce always made her home open and inviting to me as a teenager. My fondest memories of Joyce were during the years of Odyssey of the Mind, she was a great coach and a supportive stage mom. We spent many hours over at the Smith’s home; she would often smile and crack jokes as we created our skits and perfected our performances. Watching us up on stage were proud moments for her and I hope now watching us from above we can continue to make her proud. Joyce, you will be deeply missed and forever loved. Amanda darling, I love you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  26. I will remember Joyce with great fondness and support for Dr. Smith’s patients. Her smile and joyfulness when she would greet you as you came into the office. Her support for me when my husband, Gabe, passed on was appreciated.I am sorry I can’t be with you my prayers and condolences to the family.

  27. Dr. Smith,
    I was saddened to read about your wife’s passing. I always had a good time talking with her at your office–loved her sense of humor. My deepest condolences.

  28. Dr. Smith,
    I was saddened to read about your wife’s passing. I always had a good time talking with her at your office–loved her sense of humor. My deepest condolences.

  29. Dr. Smith,
    I was saddened to read about your wife’s passing. I always had a good time talking with her at the office–loved her sense of humor. My deepest condolences.

  30. Dr. Smith,
    I was saddened to read about your wife’s passing. I always had a good time talking with her at the office–loved her sense of humor. My deepest condolences.

  31. I haven’t seen Joyce for some time, but I felt great sadness when I read her name in the paper. I’ll never forget her quick wit, humor, and perpetual smile. I can still hear her talking about her children with such fondness. My heartfelt condolences to her loved ones.

  32. I will remember her unwavering support for injustices. I will remember her unconditional love for her children. I will remember her always and regret our time was cut short.

  33. I will remember my sister as loving, generous and compassionate. Together, we did gymnastics, tap dance and ballet at Hazel’s Studio, Music lessons every Saturday morning (hideous hour of 8:00am) at The Cleveland Institute of Music. We both had to grow up very early in our lives when our father passed away when she was 14 and I was 11. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. We shared some amazing family vacations together in Colorado and St. Maarten. She was a voracious reader and so very smart! She could have been a rich Jeopardy champion–but she never listened to me as her “younger” sister! Always the boss! Even in her last weeks and days, her sense of humor was present. From mimicking ET with her finger pulse ox with the light, to asking us if “we were ‘just fascinated’ in watching her drink some water?!”
    She fought a courageous battle, suffered much, and is now restored to perfection! Until we meet again on the other side…I Love You, Debbie

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